Cheapt Eats 2008: Johnny Boy's Ribs
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Johnny Boy Ribs
Address: 7540 Crain Hwy., La Plata, MD 20646
Phone: 301-870-2526
Neighborhood: La Plata
Cuisines: Southern, American, Barbecue
Opening Hours: Open Sunday through Thursday 11 AM to 8 PM; Friday and Saturday 11 AM to 9 PM.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes A slab of ribs; pulled pork flecked with char and suffused with smoke; potato salad (it outshines the middlin’ fries); sweet tea.
Price Details: Entrées, $2.25 to $22.75.
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Outdoor Seating, Good for Groups
Scene:
Outdoor Seating

Why go: The puff of smoke rising above the trees along Route 301 south of La Plata signals the best down-home, open-pit barbecue within an hour of DC, complete with an authentically no-frills atmosphere—you order through a window of a shack and eat at picnic tables outdoors.

What to get: A slab of ribs, big and meaty and tingly with spices; pulled pork flecked with char and suffused with smoke; potato salad (it outshines the middlin’ fries); sweet tea that will slake a Southern thirst.

Best for: Road trips for diners who crave pig at its slow-cooked best.

Insider tip: Johnny Boy’s serves its barbecue “dry”—without sauce. A shot or two of Mama Sophie’s sauces—hot and mild, in squeeze bottles near the pickup window—add a jolt of tang and sweetness.

Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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